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HCR056....................................................by WAYS AND MEANS NATURAL RESOURCE COMMITTEE - Stating findings of the Legislature and authorizing the Legislative Council to expand the membership and scope of the committee appointed to undertake and complete a study of natural resource issues to include water supply and water management issues. 03/17 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 03/18 Rpt prt - to 2nd rdg 03/19 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg Rls susp - ADOPTED - 63-0-7 AYES -- Andersen, Barraclough, Barrett, Bayer, Bell, Black, Block, Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Campbell, Cannon, Clark, Collins, Crow, Cuddy, Denney, Douglas, Eberle, Edmunson, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(18), Field(23), Gagner, Garrett, Harwood, Henbest, Jaquet, Jones, Kellogg, Kulczyk, Lake, Langford, Langhorst, Martinez, McGeachin, McKague, Meyer, Miller, Mitchell, Moyle, Naccarato, Nielsen, Pasley-Stuart, Raybould, Ridinger, Ring, Ringo, Roberts, Robison, Rydalch, Sali, Sayler, Shepherd, Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30), Smylie, Snodgrass, Stevenson, Wood, Mr. Speaker NAYS -- None Absent and excused -- Bauer, Bedke, Deal, Schaefer, Smith(24), Trail, Wills Floor Sponsors - Raybould & Stevenson Title apvd - to Senate 03/19 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Res/Env 03/20 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord Rls susp - ADOPTED- 31-0-4 AYES -- Andreason, Bailey, Brandt, Bunderson, Burkett(Maxand), Calabretta, Cameron, Compton, Darrington, Davis, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde, Hill, Ingram, Keough, Little, Lodge, Marley, McKenzie, McWilliams, Noh, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stegner, Stennett, Sweet, Werk, Williams NAYS -- None Absent and excused -- Burtenshaw, Kennedy, Malepeai, Noble Floor Sponsor - Noh Title apvd - to House 03/22 To enrol - Rpt enrol - Sp signed - Pres signed To Secretary of State
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 56 BY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE 1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 2 STATING LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO EXPAND 3 THE MEMBERSHIP AND SCOPE OF THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED TO UNDERTAKE AND COM- 4 PLETE A STUDY OF NATURAL RESOURCE ISSUES. 5 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 6 WHEREAS, the First Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature 7 adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 103 in 2003, which authorized the 8 Legislative Council to appoint a committee to undertake and complete a study 9 of natural resource issues and to make a report detailing its findings, recom- 10 mendations and proposed legislation to the First Regular Session of the Fifty- 11 eighth Idaho Legislature; and 12 WHEREAS, the committee has been studying water quality, endangered species 13 act activities and reserved water right tribal issues and the Legislature 14 believes that the membership of this committee needs to be expanded and the 15 scope of their investigation and study needs to be broadened as well; and 16 WHEREAS, aquifers in many areas of Idaho continue long-term declines, 17 threatening economic well-being and creating legal conflicts; and 18 WHEREAS, delay in seeking means to bring long-term stability creates unac- 19 ceptable risks to the well-being of our citizens; and 20 WHEREAS, the decline in water supplies of the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer 21 and the Thousand Springs is causing conflicts between water users; and 22 WHEREAS, on March 15, 2004, water users and the state reached an agreement 23 to suspend pending conflicts and to provide a one-year period for the commit- 24 tee to develop and make recommendations to the First Regular Session of the 25 Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature for implementation of long-term restoration and 26 recovery solutions for the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer and the Thousand 27 Springs water supplies; and 28 WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Legislature that the committee study and 29 evaluate ways to stabilize the water distribution system in Idaho and that 30 various interests and people in the water supply arena be allowed to give 31 input and testimony to the committee; and 32 WHEREAS, the Legislature desires that the committee involve persons with 33 technical expertise in hydrology, engineering, economics and law in its delib- 34 eration and at a minimum conduct a study regarding water supply and management 35 issues in the Moscow, Rathdrum Prairie and Snake River Plain Aquifers and the 36 Bear River Drainage. 37 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses- 38 sion of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and 39 the Senate concurring therein, that the Legislative Council is authorized to 40 expand the membership of the committee which is undertaking and completing a 41 study of natural resource issues and that the cochairmen of the committee are 42 authorized to appoint advisors with technical expertise in the water supply 43 arena and are expected to receive input from stakeholders in the water rights 44 system of Idaho to attempt to stabilize the water delivery system in this 2 1 state. 2 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any advisors to the committee who are not leg- 3 islative members shall not be reimbursed from legislative funds for per diem, 4 mileage or other expenses and shall not have voting privileges regarding the 5 committee's recommendations and proposed legislation. 6 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee will ensure in conjunction with 7 the executive branch that all state commitments set forth in the March 15, 8 2004, agreement between water users and the state of Idaho are fulfilled.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 14282C1 This resolution would authorize the Legislative Council to continue an interim study committee to undertake and complete a study of natural resource issues. A number of interrelated major water and natural resource issues could soon have major impacts upon the state and its citizens. FISCAL IMPACT If this resolution is adopted by the Legislature and the committee is continued by Legislative Council, any necessary legislator travel and per diem expense would be paid from the existing legislative appropriation to the Senate and the House of Representatives. Funding for staff support and expenses would be provided from the existing appropriation to the Legislative Council for the Legislative Services Office. There would be no additional impact upon the state general fund as a result of this resolution. Contact Name: Senator Laird Noh Phone: (208) 332-1000 Representative John A. "Bert" Stevenson Representative Dell Raybould STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HCR 056